School Supply Fee!

Our school office will be open Tuesday and Wednesday this week for parents to come in and pay the school supply fee for next year.

We are hoping to have more parents come by or to pay through HotLunches.

As well, we still have a number of bags of student belongings if you would like to drop by to pick up those.

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Message from Parker Grimmer, Director of the Public Schools Branch

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

A friend recently shared with me a message from the Prince Edward Island Public Service Commission about working from home with kids during the pandemic. The information is very helpful and I have drawn from it to share several important points for your consideration.

Many parents and staff are still working from home as they continue to manage the realities of dealing with COVID-19. We are all beginning to understand that working from home might continue for some time, at least part-time. Many are working alongside their family members, including children and may find this to be a challenge. There are a few positive things that we can all do in these situations.

Approach unpredictable times with flexibility. Being flexible helps us to better adapt to changes happening at home or with our workday. The positive side of being flexible is we are never going to feel stuck doing things “the one right way.” We can learn from our efforts, make revisions, and try something else without judging ourselves harshly. It is important to be kind to ourselves when we struggle and our day doesn’t unfold with our work and family the way we planned it would.

Find relief. Life is tough sometimes, really tough and at times we need to find relief in the simplest of things. Nature, family, music, cooking, art, gardening, exercise, reading, etc. can give us the break we need from our struggles so that we can recharge and refocus. Positive things will happen for our families and ourselves when we find ways to get some relief from life’s challenges.

Seek support to gain solutions. It is important to reach out for emotional support to those you trust.   Professional support can also help us gain new skills and strategies to manage our priorities and struggles. To access advice and find solutions to problems that are affecting work, family or your well-being, contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-800-239-3826 or It’s free and confidential.

For more information on how to work from home with kids in a pandemic, click the link: The article includes practical and helpful suggestions to support working from home while managing students of various ages.

Take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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School Supply Fees – Reminder!

Today our school office is open today (8:30 – 12:00) for parent who would like to come to pay for school supply fees for next year.  We are hoping parents will do their best to come today.

There are personal belongings that can be picked up as well.




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Summer Camps – Bricks 4 Kidz and STEAM PEI

A number of STEAM PEI and Bricks 4 Kidz camps will be held in at Athena School in Summerside this summer.  All camps are limited to 10 students at this time, but there are still  several spaces still available in Summerside.

Here is the information:

June 29 to July 3 (excluding July 1) Bricks 4 Kidz Mash-up
Students will be provided with a range of activities involving LEGO and will be encouraged to follow their interests and expand their skills and knowledge.
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $180
July 6-10 Bricks 4 Kidz Coding and Robotics
Students will get to explore coding and robotics using a variety of motorized models, integrating sensors, remote controls, and programming languages.
July 13-17 STEAM PEI Junior STEAM Camp
Students will spend the week exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math through hands-on activities.
Ages: 5-9
Cost: $225
Registration link:
July 20-24 STEAM PEI Climate Camp
Students will spend the week exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math through hands-on fun activities with a special focus on climate change prevention and adaptation.
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $225
Registration link:
July 27-31 Bricks 4 Kidz Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics are postponed, but the Bricks 4 Kidz Olympics must go on. Students will choose different countries to represent and learn about those countries. Students will build a variety of sports related motorized LEGO models and compete in fun challenges.
August 3-7 Bricks 4 Kidz EV3 Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics are postponed, but the EV3 Olympics must go on. Students will choose different countries to represent and learn about those countries. Students will build a variety of motorized models, integrating sensors, remote controls, and coding while competing in challenges using EV3 LEGO.
August 24-28 STEAM PEI Game Design Camp
Students will spend the week developing a variety of digital skills involving coding and game design.
Ages: 10-15
Cost: $225
Registration link:
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School Supply Fee!

A reminder that our school office will be open Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday,10  June (8:30 – 12:00) for any parents who wish to drop by to pay school supply fees for 2020 – 2021.  We hope parents will take this opportunity or pay for school supply fees in HotLunches.

Any student belongs that were not picked up last week, can be picked up tomorrow as well.


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Survey on Home Learning – Please Complete!

With the appearance of COVID-19 in PEI, our school system was forced to act quickly to provide online, home-based learning. Many people worked diligently to meet the challenge to deliver education online to an entire K to 12 system.

Now that we have had three months experience in this new world of education, it is appropriate to reflect on what has worked well and what has not, to help us prepare for the future.

Through this survey, we are seeking input from parents, teachers and administrators on key issues such as student access to technology and the internet; student comfort and confidence levels with home learning; communication among teachers, students and parents; and concerns about child care.

Your participation in the survey is important and very much appreciated. Results will be used only to identify the strengths and challenges of the home learning experience.

• The survey takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
• Your responses are anonymous and confidential. There is no way to see your name or email address.
• Results go directly to survey coordinators at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and are recorded on a secure site.
The survey will close at 4 PM on Friday, June 12, 2020.

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Deadline Today – Literacy Alliance Summer Tutoring Program

Parents should know that today is the deadline to register for the PEI Literacy Alliance Summer Tutoring Program – Ready Set Learn.

Parents must apply. You can do that by clinking this link:

Ready Set Learn is a free one-to-one tutoring program for children in grades K to 6 who need it the most. Each child selected for the program will receives 1 hour/week of free tutoring for 8 weeks over July and August in a fun and positive learning environment. For younger children this may be two 30-minute sessions a week. Changes to this year’s program due to Covid-19 include:

  • Tutors will work one-to-one with children virtually through Zoom Classroom.
  • Each child will receive a Literacy Kit to be used during tutoring sessions.
  • Parents will have to sign a legal waiver.
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Message from Parker Grimmer, Director of the Public Schools Branch

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;

As we move into June and the last month of school for the 2019-2020 school year, Public Schools Branch (PSB) staff are working diligently on the many year-end tasks and are planning and preparing to ensure success for September 2020. In accordance with the provisions of Phase 3 in Renew PEI, school staffs have more opportunities to support students and families throughout the month of June. 

Teachers are available to schedule in-person appointments with students who wish to review their learning, the Respite Program is being offered in all PSB schools, some teachers are connecting with students through Google Meet, and PSB consultants and school counsellors have begun to reach out to families needing specialized supports. Home learning will continue until June 12 for high school students and June 19 for K-9 students.

Schools have been very successful in finding ways to maintain connections and relationships with students and families.  As we continue to navigate our changing landscape and find our way through these unprecedented times, we want to thank students, families and staff for their efforts and for working together.

Take care,

Parker Grimmer


Director, Public Schools Branch

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School Supply Fees and HotLunches

School Supply Fees:
Every year at this time, we begin to collect a school supply fee for all students.  As, parents would know, the practice of having teachers purchase classroom materials for all students has worked well for us at Greenfield.  Teachers ensure students have what they need and there is consistency from student to student.  Businesses offer good pricing for teachers and for bulk purchases.  This does take a task off parents’ plate!

For this to work and for fairness, it requires that all families pay the school supply fee.  The cost is $40.00 per child.  There are two ways to pay.  There is a School Supply Fee option in HotLunches.  Parents can pay using PayPal.  When you click to order, the amount ($40.00) is shown.  The other option is to come into the school and pay.

Our school office will be open on the following mornings (8:30 – 12:00):

Wednesday, June 3rd
Thursday, June 4th
Tuesday, June 9th
Wednesday, June 10th

We hope that parents will drop in and pay when they can.  We provide a receipt for all school supply fees that are paid.  This cost does not include the student agendas that we provide in September.  Any student belongings that were not picked up, can be picked up on these days as well.

We will begin to provide refunds to all parents who have credits in HotLunches tomorrow. This has to be done order by order and will take a little time.  As the amounts are all different and most are not more than the School Supply Fee, we have decided to keep these two items separate.  This means that if you have a credit in HotLunches, we will pay that back and you should pay the school supply fee separately.

We hope this make sense to everyone. Please call the school on the days above it you have any questions.


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PEI Home and School News – June 2020

Home and School News for June  

Volunteers are part of School Communities
Be part of the Team! June is an excellent time to invite new volunteers to be part of a local Home and School community. Parents and teachers will team up to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Contact your Home & School president or school principal to find out how you can get involved in your child’s school life. If you need guidance, contact the Federation office: 

Annual Meeting 202
PEIHSF’s 67th Annual General Meeting will be held in the fall; date and details to follow. The 2020 Book of Reports is posted on the website. Local Home and School Presidents are encouraged to add COVID-19 stories to their annual reports. The Book of Reports will be updated accordingly. Submit revised reports to:

 Public Schools Branch
As restrictions are being lifted, PSB staff members are excited there are greater opportunities to connect with students to support academic and well-being needs. Teachers will be reaching out to their students with options they can participate in.

Respite Programming will begin operating at all 56 PSB schools.
Please contact or (902) 368-4997 for more information.

Graduations: Schools are excitedly working on plans for High School Graduations and year end closing activities, within the public health guidelines outlined by the Chief Public Health Office. While activities will not look the same as in previous years, schools are committed to offering a unique experience to mark the end of the school year and wish their students well.

Access Your Student Well-Being Team

PEI School Food Project
This program has provided over 30,000 meals to children across the island experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. THANK YOU to all of the hard working chefs in our 6 hubs who have prepared and continue to prepare these delicious and nutritious meals! Check out the PEI School Food Project Facebook page to see the amazing food being provided to students during the pandemic.

Do you know of families who need food supports? Let them know they can contact the Support for Families information line at (902) 368-5155 or 

As regular activities and deadlines are changing on a daily basis, the new deadline to submit School Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Awards nominations is June 15th. Presentation arrangements will be coordinated with schools. Send your nominations to  Find more details here:

Parent Leadership Program
Home and School’s Parent Leadership Projects have been given approval to move their projects to the fall when school resumes. If you have questions, contact: 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 / 902-218-8916(cell) /

Busy Bee Webinar with Toronto Beekeepers Collective
Life Cycle of the Bee June 3rd webinar, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (EST) for students, parents, teachers

Explore the 3 types of bees found in a honey bee colony and the various stages over the course of their lives and look at the different kinds of Bee Stings in the insect world and a deeper exploration of bee stings – risks and management. Sign up for Zoom Webinar at:

Dawson City family eats only local food for a year in documentary ‘First We Eat’
The film’s world premiere is Thursday as part of Hot Docs 2020. The 104-minute Documentary, distributed in Canada

by Blue Ice Docs, runs online at until June 6.

The Young Millionaires Program
The Young Millionaires Program is designed to assist youth between the ages of 9 to 16 years old discover more about business and help them start up a business of their own.  Participants will develop basic business mindset and business skills; including record keeping, marketing, customer service and public speaking skills.

What does it do?  The program provides help and guidance, through a series of self-directed learning workshops, to participants starting up their own business.  All successful applicants will receive up to $150 for a sole proprietorship (single business owner) and up to $200 for a partnership.
This is a non-repayable grant that is given with the intention that the participant will use it to start up their business.  The program facilitator will conduct check-ins with each participant as well as keep regular communication open with participants throughout the summer.

How do youth apply? You can apply at the Young Millionaires website   by June 8th.  There is NO COST to sign up!  If any students or parents have any questions, they can contact Rose Leger at  or by phone 1-902-887-3400 (office) / 1-902-388-8577 (cell).


Resource links:

Reading Rockets

Education and Lifelong Learning:

Public Library Service: Download Libby

Home Learning Resources:

COVID-19 Resources for Families

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